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Owen Brainard


Centurion, 1918–1919

Full Name Henry Owen Brainard

Born 10 March 1865 in Haddam, Connecticut

Died 2 April 1919 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Buried Higganum Cemetery, Higganum, Connecticut

Proposed by Thomas Hastings and William Rutherford Mead

Elected 2 February 1918 at age fifty-two

Century Memorial

The engineering skill which Owen Brainard brought to mechanical and structural problems was of high value in supplementing the architectural genius of his professional associates, Carrère and Hastings. Although disclaiming for himself the royal gift of architectural imagination, he contributed through his own designs to what was best in the New York Public Library, the present Century Theatre and the Yale Memorial Building, and he was a leading designer and consulting engineer for the new Congressional buildings at Washington. Notable in his profession for diplomatic manners and business capacity, he was also a good citizen, whose advice and help were always at the service of the City.

Alexander Dana Noyes
1920 Century Association Yearbook